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CV second-best in WAC play
Hawks win 10 league matches
Head coach Mike Rodriguez, pictured with singles player Edgar Castillo, guided Central Valleys boys tennis team to its second playoff berth. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity boys tennis team enjoyed another success-filled Western Athletic Conference regular season.

The Hawks finished second overall in the WAC standings.

Central Valley (10-4, 10-2) will participate in the playoffs for the second straight season.

It's good for our program," head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "I knew if we played like we're capable of, we'd finish near the top this year."

The Hawks won one of their two final conference matches this past week.

Central Valley needed to beat Ceres High to put itself in position to claim a share of the WAC title.

The crosstown-rival Bulldogs dashed the host Hawks' league-title hopes with a 7-2 victory on April 21.

Ceres High won the first meeting, 8-1.

The Hawks have an all-time record of 0-18 versus the Bulldogs.

"We went into the match confident because we played them tough last time," Rodriguez said. "I don't think there was any added pressure. Everybody expects Ceres to win. You just have to give them your best shot and hope for the best."

Central Valley's singles players Ruben Morales and Brandyn Weis were victorious against Ceres High during the second meeting.

Morales defeated Jose Ortega 7-5, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Weis defeated Bruno de la Torre 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 in No. 6 singles play.

Luis Hernandez lost 6-0, 6-0 to Nolan McCaig in No. 1 singles play.

Alexis Villa lost 6-0, 6-1 to Julio Ochoa in No. 2 singles play.

Edgar Castillo lost 6-0, 6-1 to Chase Harden in No. 3 singles play.

Eric Morales lost 6-1, 6-1 to Rene Cortes in No. 4 singles play.

Nimrat Chahal and Jorge Bustos lost 7-5, 6-4 to Juan Jimenez and Dennis Phommalinh in No. 1 doubles play.

Julio Pena and Henry Garcia lost 6-1, 7-5 to Jorge Ruiz and Julian Rodriguez in No. 2 doubles play.

Navjot Kanda and Roman Ortiz lost 6-2, 6-4 to Manuel Lozcano and Alex Torres in No. 3 doubles play.

Visiting Central Valley coasted to a 9-0 win over Los Banos on Thursday.

The Hawks swept all six singles and three doubles matches.

"We took care of a team we beat 8-1 earlier this season," Rodriguez said. "We didn't have a letdown."

Hernandez defeated Luke Sanchez 6-1, 6-2 in No. 1 singles play.

Villa defeated Steve Georgiou 7-5, 5-7, 10-2 in No. 2 singles play.

Castillo defeated Jack Gerstenberg 6-4, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.

Eric Morales defeated Ricky Hall 6-2, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.

Ruben Morales defeated Thomas King 6-1, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Weis defeated Patrick Martinez 6-1, 6-1 in No. 6 singles play.

Chahal and Bustos defeated Jared Haug and Kevin Chemparathy 7-6 (10-8), 6-1 in No. 1 doubles play.

Pena and Garcia defeated Thomas Lemos and Giovanni Mevi 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles play.

Kanda and Ortiz defeated Michael Butler and Andy Rios 6-1, 7-5 in No. 3 doubles play.

Central Valley's amassed a 19-6 record in WAC play since 2014.

The Hawks made history again this season by securing their second playoff berth.

Seniors Villa, Castillo, Weis, Chahal, Bustos, Pena, Kanda and Eric Morales have all played key roles while leading Central Valley to unprecedented heights.

Villa, Castillo, Weis, Chahal, Bustos, Pena and Kanda are fourth-year players. Morales joined the team his sophomore year.

"Our program wasn't too successful," Rodriguez said. "This group stayed together and got it to where it's at. The kids put a lot of extra time in when they weren't in season. That was the big difference. They've shown a lot of improvement."

The Division-III playoff tournament will feature teams from the WAC, Valley Oak League and Tri-County Conference. First-round matches will be played on May 5.

"Our team is built to get a couple wins," Rodriguez said. "We're pretty deep."